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News of: Wednesday, 27th of January, 2010

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Kibria case stuck in grenade source

The probe into former finance minister SAMS Kibria murder remains stuck at a point where investigators are struggling to crack the source of the grenade used in the killing.

First class galore at DU department

As many as 92 of 107 students have secured first class in the examinations for master's in Islamic studies at Dhaka University, much to the surprise of the DU community.

Tigers fight back on Tamim ton

It was almost a perfect day for the Tigers. Tamim Iqbal bloomed with all his grace and a crafty Zunaed Siddiqui played the best supporting actor's role as Bangladesh put behind the frustration of the first two days with a satisfying 228 for 3 at stumps on the third day of the second Test against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Report on scrap ships in 3 weeks

The High Court yesterday directed the government to submit a report within three weeks on the number of ships imported for scrapping after the HC delivered a verdict in this regard on March 17 last year.

Eastern bypass left in cold storage

Implementation of the Dhaka Integrated Flood Control Embankment -- Eastern Bypass Road Multipurpose Project or the Eastern Bypass Project --is yet to start 12 years after it was approved.

MPs go against cabinet decision

In an unprecedented move, a high profile meeting of lawmakers yesterday rejected all proposals approved by the cabinet for amending the Vested Property Return Act 2001, saying if translated into law, it will go against the country's minority community.

JS body unhappy at rice price hike

A parliamentary body yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over price hike of rice and formed a sub-committee to find out reasons behind it as the explanation of the food ministry was not "convincing".

SC for steps to prevent martial law in future

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday observed that there should be measures in place so that martial law cannot be imposed on the country in the future.

Govt asked to appoint 652 in 3 months

The High Court in a verdict yesterday directed the government to appoint within three months 652 candidates who qualified in the first viva voce of the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service examinations.

SC orders on killers' review pleas today

The Supreme Court will pass an order today on the review petitions filed by five condemned convicts in Bangabandhu murder case against its verdict confirming their death sentence.

Scrap Mannan Bhuiyan's plot allotment

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended cancelling the allotment of a Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha plot of land to former minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan saying the allotment was illegal.

Govt to seek one more year for tannery relocation

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the government will seek another year from the High Court to relocate tanneries outside the capital from Hazaribagh area.

School ground used for fair defying ban

A trade fair has been arranged at the playground of a Moulvibazar school in violation to the recent education ministry ban on holding any commercial fair or show on school premises without the ministry's permission.

Bird flu hits another poultry farm

The bird flu virus H1N1 struck a poultry farm in Sirajganj yesterday, two days after it infected a farm in Joypurhat.

Feuds force BNP to stall 1 dist council

The second phase of reorganisation of BNP suffered a jolt on the first day yesterday as one of the two district unit councils scheduled for the day could not be held due to intra-party conflicts.

Police sue 'unknown' people, no arrest yet

Police are yet to arrest the driver of the bus that killed garment employee Sujan Miah Monday and people who torched 15 vehicles, ransacked 50 others and forced production halt in over 100 factories in Gazipur.

Trade fair extended by a week

The government has extended the 15th Dhaka International Trade Fair 2010 by a week and it will now conclude on February 7 rather than January 31.

Rajapakse gets public sector backing

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse won strong backing from the country's civil servants in the presidential election yesterday, according to the first counts of postal votes.

Editorial

PM's warning against graft, abuse of power

Quite frankly, one may have perhaps lost count of the times Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned her party colleagues against indulging in corruption, abuse of power and impinging on law of the land. There can be two ways of looking at her exhortative flourish. First, she is probably having to repeat her directives simply to hammer home the hard truth that just as a vigilant electorate enthusiastically enthrones a party in power it can with vengeance unseat it if it delivers mis-governance. There is an element of sagacity here. Secondly, her repeated recital of warnings may have been prompted by a self-realisation that her exhortation are yet to have the desired effect. If that is true, it's all the more welcome because of an implied connotation of self-criticism.

UGC report on university education

The annual report submitted to Parliament by the University Grants Commission for the year 2008 is a clear wake up call that needs to be heeded. The UGC informs us that the objectives of higher education are not being met by the nation's public and private universities, barring we would add, some notable exceptions. There is something of the ironic here. When private universities began to be set up in the early 1990s, it was expected that they would not only widen the sphere of education but would also, in a proper spirit of competition, help enhance the quality of it. While some of them may well have met the expectations, the majority have not.

Beyond the state of the bonsai

WE keep talking about democracy, about building it and strengthening it at the grassroots. That is a fine thing to do, a manifestation of sharpened political sensibilities. Every now and then we go back to the anodyne thought of how liberal we as a people have always been, of how democratic aspirations have regularly been an underpinning of our collective societal thought. And while we have been busy with all this, we have seen a whole caravan of undemocratic elements run riot over the years and come to commandeer the state in ways that have outraged the civilised and the sophisticated. Beginning with the early years of Pakistan and going up to the Ershad coup of the early 1980s, we have seen our much vaunted democratic aspirations take a bad mauling, and repeatedly, at the crossroads of time.

Realignment in Asia

THE Japanese Prime Minister, Dr. Yukio Hatoyama (62), paid a three-day visit to India from December 27. He discussed the ways to expand, enhance and strengthen the India-Japan strategic and global partnership during his meeting with his counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh. This was the 4th Annual Summit between the prime ministers of India and Japan since 2006.

Sports

Tamim still not satisfied

Tamim Iqbal punched the air after scoring his fifty, jumped like a real Tiger after reaching his hundred and then saluted the home fans at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium after completing 150 against India on the third day of the second Test yesterday. It was all joy for him.

Confusing pitch

At the end of the third day's play it seemed that it was the pitch that bamboozled everybody, as there was hardly anything for the bowlers yesterday.

Premier inspiration

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday suggested the players not to take pressure in the 11th South Asian (SA) Games that begins here on January 29.

U-19s pound PNG, thru' to Plate final

A fine all-round performance from Noor Hossain helped Bangladesh Under-19s post a massive win against Papua New Guinea in the ninth place play-off semifinal -- the Plate Championship -- in the ICC U-19 World Cup at Palmerston North in New Zealand yesterday.

Richards in city

English Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards arrived in Dhaka late last night for a four-day visit after the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin invited him during a friendly football match between England and Brazil in Qatar November last.

Dravid to fly home, Yuvraj out too

Rahul Dravid was discharged from hospital yesterday and will take no farther part in the Dhaka Test as he will fly to India today.

Kutumb comes to see cricket

'Kutumb' (guest), the mascot for the 11th South Asian Games, made a guest appearance in the Mirpur Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Saqlain stuns Dhaka

Rajshahi left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib continued his ravaging form as he took seven wickets for 85 runs to bundle out Dhaka for 195 runs in their first innings when the third round matches of the National Cricket League started across the country yesterday.

Australia clinch series

In his second one-day international, Ryan Harris kept a cool head under pressure to deliver Australia a 40-run victory and an unassailable 3-0 series lead after Shahid Afridi lit up a match that had threatened to fizzle out. Workmanlike half-centuries from Shaun Marsh and Michael Clarke, and a late Michael Hussey blitz, set up Australia's 6 for 286 before Harris grabbed 5 for 43 to confirm Australia's win.

Nadal defence ends in tears

Andy Murray stayed on track for his first Australian Open final when defending champion Rafael Nadal pulled out injured on Tuesday, as Justine Henin's dream run gathered pace.

Pharaohs tame Lions

Egypt defeated 10-man Cameroon 3-1 after extra-time here at the Ombaka Stadium on Monday to set up a rematch against bitter regional rivals Algeria in the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria ride on Victor

Nigeria goalkeeper Victor Enyeama turned Africa Cup of Nations matchwinner by converting the decisive kick in a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Zambia on Monday after a goalless quarterfinal.

Villa test for Gunners

The English Premier League title battle enters a potentially decisive phase on Wednesday as Arsenal and Chelsea go into tough fixtures aiming to replace Manchester United at the top of the table.

Real slam C'Ron red card

Real Madrid blasted the "unfair" red card handed out to Cristiano Ronaldo at the weekend, but said it will accept the referee's decision.

Zidane leads all-star team

Zinedine Zidane and Kaka led an All-Star side against a team of current and former Benfica players on Monday, with proceeds from the United Nations charity game going to victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Blatter positive on World Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday stressed he was confident the summer World Cup finals would go off without a hitch in South Africa and urged observers to dispense with any lingering doubts regarding the host nation's capacity to stage the event successfully.

Paraguay striker shot in Mexico

Paraguayan striker Salvador Cabanas, who helped his nation qualify for the World Cup, was in critical condition in a Mexican hospital after being shot in the head Monday at a Mexico City bar.

Briton eyeing 'keepy-uppy' record

A British man is trying to set a new world record by playing "keepy-uppy" with a football for 30 miles across London, visiting every Premier League stadium in the capital Tuesday.

'Algeria rematch will be war'

Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan says his team's Africa Cup of Nations semifinal against Algeria here on Thursday will be a 'war', which Egypt have to win to prove they deserved to feature at the World Cup.

LL to lead UDRS probe

Advocate Brent Lockie, a senior barrister from Edinburgh, will team up with the former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, to carry out an independent investigation into the Umpire Decision Review System controversy that marred the fourth and final Test between England and South Africa at Johannesburg, and led the ECB to make a formal complaint to the ICC.

Woodies honoured

One of the world's best doubles partnerships was honoured Tuesday as Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge were inducted into the Tennis Australia Hall of Fame.

'It's disservice to cricket'

India's home minister, P Chida mbaram, has said the exclusion of Pakistan players from the third season of the IPL was a "disservice to cricket" and reiterated there was no government advice to do so. There has been outrage in Pakistan over the snub to their players at the IPL auction, where none of their 11 cricketers, several of whom were tipped to be hot buys, were bid for.

Khulna ready for cycling

Khulna is all ready to host the cycling event of the 11th South Asian Games, scheduled for January 29-February 9 in five divisions of Bangladesh.

Teams start arriving here

The foreign athletes and officials have started to arrive in Dhaka for the 11th South Asian Games which starts in the capital on Friday.

Arthur calls it a day

South African coach Mickey Arthur has resigned in the wake of the national team's failure to beat England in a recent Test series.

Zia wins again

Ziaur Rahman recorded his second successive victory in the Chennai Open Grand Masters Chess tournament in India yesterday.

School cricket

European Standard School (ESS) beat City Corporation High School by 43 runs in their Dhaka Metro zone quarterfinal match of the National School Cricket at the Brothers Union Club ground yesterday.

Business

Banglalink to raise Tk 425cr in bonds

Banglalink moves to raise Tk 425 crore through bonds in a bid to shore up its foothold in Bangladesh's growing telecom market, insiders said yesterday.

Gas rationing in apparel sector begins today

Gas rationing in textile and readymade garment (RMG) sector begins today to ensure a quality supply of the fossil fuel for industrial and household uses. Factory owners have expressed mixed reaction to the move.

Banks shift focus to home loans

Commercial banks are increasingly coming forward to provide home loans, which they feel are more secure than other forms of loan.

Stocks end lower on GP

Dhaka stocks tumbled yesterday, led by a deep fall in Grameenphone shares, as some investors became unnerved by the regulator's move to open a probe into the cellphone operator's trade.

Tk 110.32cr FAO grant for the cyclone-hit

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will provide Bangladesh with Tk 110.32 crore for rehabilitation of cyclone Sidr and Aila affected people.

Govt to put 83 bad companies back on track

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the government is taking steps to put 83 "bad companies" back on track.

US budget deficit to hit $1.35 trillion

The US government's budget deficit is expected to fall slightly to 1.349 trillion dollars in 2010 but accumulating deficits could double public debt to 15 trillion dollars in a decade, estimates by Congress showed Tuesday.

CPA moves to get back retrenched workers

In a bid to reinstate the workers and employees in service who lost jobs because of the reforms carried out at the country's prime sea port during the caretaker government's rule, , the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday started examining their physical fitness and age.

Citi roundtable assesses risks in microfinance

Credit risk has been identified as the fastest growing risk worldwide, said Philip Brown, director (risk) of Citi Microfinance, at a roundtable on Monday.

20pc revenue growth in three years targeted

The government plans to achieve 20 percent growth in revenue collection in the next three years, said the finance minister yesterday.

Cotecna barred from PSI job

Pre-shipment inspection (PSI) company Cotecna has been finally barred from getting appointed with any government agency, including the National Board of Revenue (NBR), for inspection services.

Ecnec okays seven projects

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council at a meeting yesterday approved seven development projects involving Tk 1,315 crore, including Tk 166 crore in project assistance from donors.

Apple posts record profit

Apple's holiday quarter was especially sweet this year, but Wall Street's response was muted as investors puzzled through an accounting change and lighter-than-expected iPhone sales.

Cape Town tourism buffers recession

South Africa's top holiday destination Cape Town weathered a post-recession summer with fewer tourists, but is gearing up to bounce back in 2010 at Africa's first football World Cup.

GM to make its own electric motors in 2013

General Motors Corp is back in the electric motor business.

Asia stocks in the red

Lingering concerns that Beijing will move to tighten liquidity fed into regional stock markets Tuesday, which fell as investors overlooked a positive result on Wall Street.

Oil below $75

Oil prices dipped below 75 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Tuesday after overnight gains, amid concerns China would make further moves to tighten credit, analysts said.

DBH posts rise in earnings

Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) has posted an 88 percent increase in its earnings per share (EPS) in the first six months of the current financial year to December 31, 2009.

Woori Bank's new country manager

Eung Joon Kim has joined Woori Bank, Bangladesh as general manager and country manager, says the bank in a statement yesterday.

Pound tumbles

The British pound slumped on Tuesday against the dollar on news that Britain only just escaped recession in the final quarter of last year, dealers said.

Britain squeezes free of recession

Britain narrowly exited a record recession in the fourth quarter of 2009 with growth of just 0.1 percent, while massive state debt is likely to stunt recovery beyond a general election due by June.

China, Taiwan hold talks on trade pact

Experts from China and Taiwan on Tuesday launched the first round of talks aimed at paving the way for a major trade pact between the one-time rivals, both sides said.

Malaysia likely emerged from recession: Think tank

Malaysia's economy likely emerged from recession in the fourth quarter of 2009 and will post 3.7 percent growth in 2010 as the global economy recovers, a leading think-tank said Tuesday.

Hong Kong exports rise 9.2pc

Hong Kong's exports rose for the second consecutive month in December, but total shipments in 2009 still recorded a double-digit tumble from the previous year, the government said Tuesday.

Metropolitan

Start negotiations on disarmament soon

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni called on the international community to start negotiations on disarmament as soon as possible.

Pvt varsity act to improve standard of education

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government passed the Private University Act with a view to developing the standard of some private universities that failed to provide quality education.

Free internet for schools, colleges on the cards

Post and Telecommunications Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju yesterday informed parliament that the government is contemplating providing free internet connections and facilities for use to some schools and colleges for three to six months.

Mindless encroachment main reason for city waterlogging: Matia

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday came down heavily on the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association for constructing its head office, BGMEA Bhaban, on Hatirjheel, a major water body in the city.

Call member of parliament instead of 'Saangsad'

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday directed the lawmakers and newspapers not to call Members of Parliament 'Saangsad' mimicking the parlance of Indian newspapers.

Tk 110.32cr FAO help for cyclone-hit people

Bangladesh will get Tk 110.32 crore in aid from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations for recouping the losses caused by cyclones Sidr and Aila and rehabilitation of the disaster-stricken people.

Court asks DMCH to use Chandan's body for research

A Dhaka court yesterday asked Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) authorities to use the body of Chandan Chakrabarty alias Sajjad Hossain for research as his two wives failed to prove whether their husband is a Hindu or a Muslim.

Women Policy '97 to be restored with revisions

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury yesterday said the government is going to reinstate the National Women Development Policy of 1997 maintaining its original spirit with necessary revisions.

5.50 lakh children suffer from rickets

Rickets is emerging as a 'public health threat' in the country with 5.50 lakh children, aged between one and 15, suffering from the disease, which is completely preventable, reveals National Rickets Survey 2008 yesterday.

Fanaticism, military intervention threat to democracy

Growing fundamentalism and military intervention are two real fatal dangers facing the emerging democracies in South Asia, said internationally acclaimed journalist Kuldip Nayar yesterday.

Bill to curb road accidents to be placed on Jan 31

Awami League lawmaker Advocate Tarana Halim yesterday said she would place a bill at the Parliament on January 31 seeking to curb road accidents.

Ultimatum to solve gas crisis in N'ganj

Jubo Union laid siege to the Narayanganj office of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd at Chasara yesterday demanding solution to gas crisis in the town immediately.

61st Republic Day of India celebrated

The 61st Republic Day of India was celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety in Bangladesh by the High Commission of India yesterday, says a press release.

Improving ties success of PM's India visit

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the main success of prime minister's recent visit to India is that the cold relation between the two neighbouring countries has turned into a warm one.

Call for bicycling-friendly environment

Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the government to construct separate lanes to facilitate bicycling in the Dhaka city for the betterment of public health, economy and environment.

Road accidents kill six

At least Six people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Cox's Bazar, Khulna and Bagerhat yesterday.

Govt to cancel copy-prone SSC exam centres

The government would cancel the examination centres that will fail to ensure fair, peaceful and copy-free atmosphere during the upcoming Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.

'Join movement to cancel agreements with India'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday strongly criticised the recent agreements with India and called on all to join a movement to cancel them.

Youth stabbed in city

Unknown miscreants stabbed a youth in the neck and left him in a field at Bhiyapara in the city's Khilgaon area yesterday.

Army deploys new contingent in Congo

Bangladesh Army has deployed a 180-member new contingent of engineer corps, BANENGINEER-1, in the United Nations Organisations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), says an ISPR release.

85 get posts in DU BCL committee

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday declared the names of the office bearers in 85 posts of its Dhaka University committee, which had been lying vacant since formation of its central committee about four years back.

Shawkat for stern actions against forgers

Deputy Speaker Col (retd) Shawkat Ali yesterday asked the home minister to take stern actions against persons involved in forging the signatures of the prime minister, ministers and lawmakers.

Grocer shot dead

A gang of miscreants gunned down a grocer at Shahjahanpur in the city last night.

Include issues of moral values in textbooks

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Ghulam Rahman yesterday requested the primary and mass education minister to take an initiative to include the issues of anti-corruption and moral values in the textbooks of all levels of education.

National

Birds change their stopover with changes in feature

Nilsagor, a large man-made water body in Nilphamari district, remained abuzz with chirping and fluttering of thousands of migratory birds in winter only a few years ago.

12 sued for looting, arson in Joypurhat during '71 war

Twelve people have been sued on charges of looting and setting fire to the houses of freedom fighters at Rasulpur and Mahmudpur villages in Khetlal upazila of Joypurhat district during Liberation War in 1971.

Criminals stab 2 traders to death in Cox's Bazar, Narsingdi

Two traders were stabbed to death by criminals in Cox's Bazar and Narsingdi yesterday. Police arrested three people in connection with the murders.

BCL again defies ban ahead of today's council at RU

Ahead of its today's scheduled council, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rajshahi University (RU) unit again took out a procession on the campus yesterday defying authorities' restrictions.

'Robber' held with arms in Gopalganj

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an alleged robber and recovered arms from his possession at Noldanga village under Muksudpur upazila in Gopalganj early yesterday.

BSF allegedly beat dead Bangladeshi

Police yesterday recovered body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader who was allegedly beaten to death by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) from the Ichhamati River.

Housewife murdered in N'ganj, 6 killers jailed in Panchagarh, Nilphamari

A housewife was murdered on Monday in Narayanganj while six people got life in Panchagarh and Nilphamari yesterday and day before for killing two housewives.

Steps taken to make Mongla port active

Government has taken up various measures to make Mongla port, which has been incurring losses for a long time, active and vibrant, port sources and officials said.

39 injured in bus accident on way to Modhu Mela

Thirty-nine people heading for Modhu Mela, a festival marking the 186th birth anniversary of poet Michael Modhusudan Dutta, were injured in a road accident as their bus overturned on the way yesterday.

Man poisons daughter, commits suicide

A young man allegedly poisoned to death his 7-year-old daughter on Saturday night and then killed himself.

Jasim Pallimela concludes in Faridpur

Fortnight long 'Jasim Pallimela' organised jointly by the district administration and Jasim Foundation coinciding the 107th birth anniversary of Poet Jasimuddin concluded here on Monday at Ambikapur on the outskirts of the town.

Cattle trader shot dead

A cattle trader was shot dead by criminals at Hater Rasta at the heart of the town on Monday night. Police arrested one criminal with a revolver. The victim was Ripon, 30, son of late Abu Bakar of Chhoto Kamar Kundo under Sadar upazila. Police Superintendent Rezaul Karim said, on Monday night at around 8:30 pm Ripon was shot by criminal Motiar. Ripon died on the spot. However, traffic inspector Golam Azam caught the killer red-handed while fleeing the spot. Ripon has a cattle farm. The reason behind his killing could not be known immediately.

10 hurt in Pabna clash

At least 10 people were injured on Monday night as two rival groups clashed over a trivial matter at 'Nainamati' in Pabna municipality. Of them, four were admitted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. Police and the locals said some young boys gathered at a tea stall at night. At a stage of argument they locked in a clash. During clash they used sharp weapons and sticks injuring at least ten. Abdul Kader,25, Shahin,18, Johny,17, and Russel,18, were admitted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital while Ripon,19, and Rani,18, to Pabna General Hospital.

14 police boxes for Barisal

Barisal City Corporation will construct 14 police boxes at key points in the city at a cost of Tk 90 lakh to control traffic and maintain law and order. Barisal City Corporation Mayor Advocate Shawkat Hossain Hiron inaugurated construction of a police box at Amtala crossing of the city on Monday morning. Dr Abdur Rahim, acting commissioner, Maniruzaman, deputy commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police, Nikhil Chandra Das, chief executive officer, councilors of BCC were present in the function. At present BMP is working with only one police station with five police posts and only three traffic sergeants to control city traffic.

Students stage demo

The students of folklore department at Rajshahi University (RU) on Sunday staged protest at the department premises demanding adequate classroom. Students alleged that the university authorities allocated only two classrooms for their department which is not sufficient to meet the demand of scheduled classes. They called upon the university authorities to meet their classroom problem as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the teachers of the department led by its chairman met university Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof M Nurullah to discuss the demand.

Letters

Haiti tragedy

The whole world has observed with terrified looks how the earthquake in Haiti has destroyed almost the whole country where thousands of people are either dead or missing. People are so scared that they refused to sleep under the roof. This poor nation has been affected so mercilessly by earthquake that even it is impossible to start rescue operations due to the intense magnitude of the shocks where all the high rises have collapsed along with its life and properties.

Admission tests

Why should our little children face the tough admission test for getting into the school for the first time?

Clean Dhaka?

Non-motorized vehicles (NMV) run by people without machine, which include bicycles, cycle rickshaws and carts, may play a vital role in urban transport sector in Dhaka. It is used for short trips in many Asian cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, and even in our nearest Indian cities such as Bangalore, Chennai etc. In Europe, the government encourages the people to use NMV to save the environment, health, money etc. It removes traffic jams from the cities.

Students in UK

Now coming to the UK is nothing but a worthless decision made by some students who basically think to build up their career through studying and working in the UK. In the past two years the economy of the UK is facing a meltdown. As a result, the new students who are coming to the UK with a big expectation to study alongside a part time job are in trouble. The main reason for writing this letter is that I feel extremely sorry for those students who are wandering about London for a long time to get job just to survive here.

Bangladesh's image

I was searching in the popular internet search engine Google with the key word “Bangladesh” for a web result and got scared to find the result. The reason behind my scare was some photos that automatically came with the web result. I again tried many times with the same key word and always found the same web result with same terrible photos. You can also try and I am sure you will be frightened to see the photos if you are a patriotic citizen of this country. No, the photos do not contain any horror content or ghostly things. One photo shows a cop beating a journalist and another depicts a military parade and contains the caption “Bangladeshi BDR Massacre”. These photos portray a negative image of the country to the world. So these are really painful for any Bangladeshi. Today, in the age of information technology, if anybody outside Bangladesh needs to know about the country at first he or she will go to internet and will find a negative impression of Bangladesh. Bangladesh might have many problems but certainly this country is a model of communal and religious harmony. We have a glorious past and we are also an example of rising democracy. So why this country is being portrayed in such a negative way. Please describe Bangladesh in a constructive way. I think Google does not show these photos intentionally as it works automatically by using some programming formulas. The authorities of websites containing these pictures are responsible for this fault. They should immediately delete these pictures.

MP assaults taxi driver

On 17th January 2010, at around 11.15 am, I witnessed an MP, belonging to the JP, beat up a taxi driver on Gulshan Avenue in full view of the public. I was walking down Gulshan Avenue when I saw a blue taxi hit the back of a SUV at low speed and heavy traffic, near Shopper's World. I'm not sure which car was at fault but that is not of concern. The headlights of the ramshackle taxi broke on impact while the SUV suffered nothing more than a few scratches. Both cars stopped in the middle of the road. I then saw the MP come out of the SUV and attack the taxi driver with a sickening volley of slaps and kicks, with scores of people watching the incident. The attack only stopped when another passenger in his car came out and restrained him and coaxed him back into the car.

BB Governor's move

I know you from 1985 when I used to listen to your lecture as a BEA Member. But now as a politically neutral researcher, I appreciate you for making provisions for the country's farmers to open Bank Account by paying a balance of Tk 10.

Stop the land grabbers

It is revealed from the headline news of your daily on 11.01.10 that the land grabbers will not be spared this time. The state minister for housing requested the members of REHAB to boycott the land grabbers. It sounds very heartening that the land grabbers are now known to the minister even. Actually, it is the big developers who indiscriminately grab the poor and `powerless' people's land. But there were none to resist them as because they have money, goons and liaison with the powerful coterie. Sometimes we hear a few emotive utterances from the high -ups but for reasons unknown, the situation does not change.

A lesson

The recent visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India scooped a small news in most of the Delhi based news media. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with her entourage was attending a conference in New Delhi in the presence of Mrs Sonia Gandhi. At some point, Mrs Sonia Gandhi found that some team members of her entourage were sitting in the last row in the conference hall. Mrs Sonia Gandhi immediately asked the high-ups to rearrange the seats in the front row and to change the seating arrangements some of senior party members including some senior ministers were asked to sit in the last row of the conference hall.

Burj Khalifa

The desert flower 'Hymenocallis' is stated to be the source of inspiration for the architects to draw the technical design of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest and most luxurious modern building. Traditional Islamic design has been incorporated with modern sophistication in constructing Burj Khalifa. There are 58 elevators and 8 escalators to lift a visitor to Dubai's skyline!

Education and health facilities

We know that Education and Health are two primary needs of human life. Bangladesh is a small, poor, overpopulated developing country. Most of our people are deprived of these two needs. As a result, the development of the country and the nation is not speeding up. Our education and health facilities are mainly Dhaka centric. But most of the people are unable to reach these facilities in Dhaka.

BNP's intention

On 15 January The Daily Star welcomed "expressed willingness" of the BNP to join parliament calling it as an auspicious piece of news. For two important reasons, we also believe that this time the BNP's "intention" is sincere and they will join the parliament proceedings at least for a day or two. As per my assumption, the first reason is '90 days' which is running away and will make them permanently 'unfit' to join parliament.

Misunderstanding

The controversy in respect of use of the word "Allah" in Malaysia is mainly due to lack of knowledge of the true meaning of the word. The parties concerned should view the word in the light of ' Surah Ikhlas' and the commonality in other religious scriptures. Removal of misunderstanding will bring about reconciliation and peace.

AL supporters

Your two correspondents' reports from Sirajganj and Thakurgaon, along with the picture of the rampaged school office at Thakurgaon, reflect sadly on the discipline and orderliness on the part of AL supporters! The reports and the photograph were published in your pages on January 17. It is a sad yardstick of hooliganism of irresponsible AL party men who should be dealt with iron hands by the law keepers, if the AL seriously believes in the rule of law! Or is all this the result of connivance and indirect understanding among the party high-ups!

Saving the environment

Last month the climate conference held in Copenhagen ended without any binding treaty. Simply put, the developed and the developing countries failed to reach any consensus on the issue --namely, the reduction of carbon emission to slow down the alarming increase of the planet's temperature.

PM's visit to India

Our Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent visit to India will undoubtedly improve our relations with our neighbouring giant. Bangladesh will allow its territory, especially Mongla, Chittagong and Ashuganj ports, to be used by India. Bangladesh will be economically benefited by the transit issue. India agreed to facilitate electricity in Dahagram-Angarpota enclaves.

International

Lankans vote in tense post-war election

Sri Lankans voted in their first post-war presidential election yesterday amid claims of violence and voter intimidation after a bitter and highly personal campaign.

4 policemen killed at Afghan checkpoint

Gunmen killed four Afghan policemen in a predawn attack yesterday in southern Afghanistan, an official said.

French MPs report 'to back burka ban'

A French parliamentary committee is expected to recommend a partial ban on women wearing the full Islamic veil.

Search for bodies and black boxes

Rescuers yesterday combed the waters off the coast of Lebanon for victims and the black boxes of an Ethiopian airliner that crashed into the sea, with officials offering little hope of finding survivors.

Suicide car bomb rocks Baghdad, 18 killed

A suicide car bomber killed at least 18 and injured dozens more yesterday in a strike against a police crime lab in central Baghdad, a day after several hotels were hit by suicide attacks, officials said.

15 militants killed in Waziristan

Pakistani security forces have killed 15 militants in a gunfight in a remote tribal district near the Taliban strongholds of North and South Waziristan, the military said yesterday.

Corruption watchdog slams Indonesian president

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has failed to honour election promises to crack down on widespread graft after the first 100 days of his new government, a watchdog said yesterday.

India marks Republic Day amid alert

India has stepped up security in all its state capitals and major cities as the country holds its 60th Republic Day celebrations.

Taiwan's arms sale test for US-China ties

China criticized the US yesterday ahead of the expected announcement of new arms sales to Taiwan, the latest in a series of disputes raising tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Blasts rock Lanka before polls

Several bombs exploded in Jaffna before Sri Lanka's crucial presidential vote, an independent election-monitoring group told AFP.

China sentences 4 to death in Xinjiang

A court in China's Xinjiang region sentenced four people to death over deadly riots in July, bringing to 26 the number of those condemned to die for the unrest, a government official said yesterday.

Bin Laden tape shows Qaeda 'greatly weakened': Obama

An audio message in which Osama bin Laden seemed to take credit for a failed bombing attempt on a US airliner showed the al-Qaeda leader has been "weakened," President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast yesterday.

Pakistan ready to hold talks with Taliban

In a bid to make truce with the Taliban extremists, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has announced that the government is willing to hold talks with those extremists who lay down arms and agree to reconcile.

Israel shuns UN call for Gaza war probe

A Cabinet minister says Israel won't set up an independent panel to investigate the Gaza war as the UN urged.

Karzai hits back at US envoy's criticism

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday hit back at the US ambassador to Afghanistan, who reportedly described him as an inadequate partner, saying he would not kowtow to Washington.

Arts & Entertainment

Shah Abdul Karim under the spotlight

On the first day (January 25) of the ongoing weeklong folk festival at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), a discussion on 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim and renditions of his songs were held.

Civilian honours for Rekha, Aamir

Bollywood star Aamir Khan and celebrated Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman are among a host of artistes selected for India's third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan while screen diva Rekha and actor Saif Ali Khan have been selected for the fourth highest honour Padma Shri this year.

Chhayanaut's homage to Waheedul Haque

Today marks the third death anniversary of cultural personality and organiser-journalist Waheedul Hauqe. To mark the day, Chhayanaut will arrange a special programme today at it Chhayanaut Shanskriti Bhaban.

Madhusudan’s 186th birth anniversary celebration at Sagardari

To mark the 186th birth anniversary of the poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta, a weeklong mela at his ancestral home in Sagardari has been organised by the Jessore district administration. This year's fair includes jatra performances on open stage, rallies of poets and children, discussion on life and works of the legendary poet and more.

Samarjit Roy Chowdhury receives Sultan Padak

Samarjit Roy Chowdhury has won the SM Sultan Padak (award) for the year 2009. Chowdhury is one of the finest painters of Bangladesh. His works delve deep into the folk traditions of Bangladesh. Birds, flowers, trees, leaves and various animals are recurring motifs in his works.

Portrait of a survivor

“Doriya Parer Dauloti”, the last film directed by Abdullah Al Mamun, is the story of a dirt-poor woman who struggles against all odds. Douloti, played by Popy, has no one in this world except Ukil Dada. Other than him she only has a few people whom she feels attached to. However Douloti is not a girl who gives up easily. She keeps a da (a machete) to defend herself against the beasts in human form around her.

OP-ED

Avoiding catastrophe

THE magnitude 7 earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12 killed thousands and made millions homeless, should be a wake-up call for Bangladesh. An earthquake of magnitude 6 on the Richter scale shook Bangladesh on September 4, 2009. Its epicenter was 450 kilometres northeast of Dhaka. Bangladesh has a history with many recorded earthquakes.

The future of farming

IN its meeting on January 21, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved a project titled "Enhancement of Crop Production through Farm Mechanisation" at an estimated cost of Tk. 149 crore for speeding up the process of farm mechanisation in order to boost crop production and minimise wastage. This is definitely a welcome move for boosting the country's food production to attain the ultimate objective of attaining self-sufficiency in food.

A man of integrity

CELEBRATED television host Aly Zaker was conducting an interview a few months back. It was asked as to why brilliant students were no longer inclined towards politics, thus risking the creation of an intellectual void in political leadership. Such was not the case during our time. Though I haven't been directly involved with student politics, I have seen many of our seniors and friends who, despite being on the streets or in prison, have achieved brilliant results academically.


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